Ophthalmic Technician Salary

Ophthalmic Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $16.01 per hour. Total cash compensation to Ophthalmic Technicians bottoms out near $25K and approaches $48K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $1K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Ophthalmic Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Ophthalmic Technicians who took the survey — 86 percent to be exact. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by nearly two in five. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$27,262 - $53,597
(Median)
$27K
$39K
$54K
MEDIAN: $39,444
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$11.61 - $21.90
(Median)
$12
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$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,262 - $53,597  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,231  
Profit Sharing
$61.28 - $4,894  
Commission
$3,250  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,529 - $47,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 149
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.61 - $21.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.28  
Overtime
$14.24 - $31.71  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,231  
   
Commission
$3,250  
Profit Sharing
$61.28 - $4,894  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,529 - $47,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,493
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Job Description for Ophthalmic Technician

An ophthalmic technician is typically responsible for patient care and the flow of clinical activities on a daily basis. Their responsibilities generally include gathering patient history, maintaining and cleaning equipment, and returning phone calls to patients and pharmacies. An ophthalmic technician also must be able to accurately perform tests that include pupil exams, refractions, lensometer, topography, and amsler grids.

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Ophthalmic Technician Tasks

  • Perform visual acuity testing and assist in minor office procedures.
  • Record, review and verify patient information.
  • Assist ophthalmology patients by providing information and services; patient evaluations, vision health testing, lens fitting and care orientations.
  • Counsel and educate patients by reiterating physician orders for eye care.

Common Career Paths for Ophthalmic Technician


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As Ophthalmic Technicians transition into upper-level roles such as Optometrist, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Optometrists earn $95K on average per year. An Ophthalmic Technician may also move into a role as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant or a Certified Ophthalmic Technician.

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Popular Skills for Ophthalmic Technician


Ophthalmic Technicians seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, Refraction, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 11 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Patient Counseling and refracting. For most people, competency in Electronic Medical Records indicates knowledge of Medical Photography.

Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmic Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Ophthalmic Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $30K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $36K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Ophthalmic Technicians make a median salary of $39K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Ophthalmic Technician with more than 20 years of experience can earn $43K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,095

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Ophthalmic Technicians that is 31 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Ophthalmic Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+28 percent), Portland (+26 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), and New York (+19 percent). Tampa ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average.

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What is it like working as an Ophthalmic Technician?

Ophthalmic Technician in Richardson:
"Stress Level"
Pros: Working with the public because I am a huge people person with a BIG personality. I extremely enjoy meeting new people and have a caring heart.
Cons: MEAN DOCTORS. 10+ people have come and gone since my year employment having to pick up slack. Employees who constantly are late or don't show up to work. Dealing with co-workers who don't pull their weight. Employees who create drama. Constantly being micro-managed when I clearly understand my responsibilities that do not require supervision. Extreme warm temperature when around numerous instruments.

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Experience Affects Ophthalmic Technician Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Ophthalmic Technician Salaries

Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)
up arrow 23%



Refractometry
up arrow 4%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 1%

Patient Education
0%

Medical Photography
0%

National Average
$34,000

Medical Terminology
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scribe
up arrow 1%

refracting
up arrow 6%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 278 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
medical benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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